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Allen Street KinderCare

Ms. Samantha Hiltz, Center Director

4981 Metzler Way Castle Rock CO 80108
(720) 733-1178 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Castle Rock

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
To and From: Castle Rock Elementary, Clear Sky, and South Ridge. Before only to Rock Ridge.

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Welcome

Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. We take great pride in the family environment that you will feel at our center. We know you trust us to take great care of your child/children both developmentally and emotionally and we take great pride in doing just that. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but they will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Samantha Hiltz, Center Director

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Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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Teachers & Staff

KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. Our low teacher-to-student ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our center.

  • Ms. Samantha Hiltz

    Ms. Samantha Hiltz, Center Director

    I love being able to watch the children learn. Their smiling faces makes me look forward to work everyday.

    Ms. Samantha is originally from Toledo, OH but moved to Castle Rock, CO in 2005 and couldn't be happier.  She feels so blessed to be the mommy of an amazing little boy.  She says he has taught her to enjoy life and what true love really means!  Ms. Samantha takes pride in her position as the Center Director and genuinely cares about each family in her center.  She brings a wealth of information to the classroom and is continuing her education in the field of early childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha previously was an assistant teacher, preschool teacher, and an assistant director here at KinderCare. She also was a teacher for two year olds at another childcare facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold's Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Colorado Large Center Director's License
  • Ms. Katrina Taylor

    Ms. Katrina Taylor, Assistant Director

    Challenges are what makes life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

    Ms. Katrina moved to Colorado from Missouri in 2007 and that is when she began her early childhood education career.  Shortly after moving to Colorado, Ms. Katrina met her husband and now have two beautiful little girls together.  As a family they enjoy camping, boating, and spending time with loved ones.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katrina previously was an early childhood teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    7/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Director Qualified
  • Ms. Paige Headlee

    Ms. Paige Headlee, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Paige is married with an 11 month old daughter  She loves kids and their excitement and joy that they add to the world.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paige previously was a babysitter and a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Year Started:
    12/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    High School and attended College
  • Ms. Rebecca Jessee, Toddler Classroom

    If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.

    Ms. Rebecca has been around child care all of her life. Before starting to teach she would help her mom out at the centers she worked at. Ms. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and going up to the mountains.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rebecca has experience working at other centers as a preschool co-teacher and assistant teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    10/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Megan Church

    Ms. Megan Church, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Megan is an Army wife.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan's previous experience has been as a preschool teacher at another center and an office assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Day the Crayons Quit

    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    University of Northern Colorado
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, PreK and Schoolage

    I love to see children excited when they learn something new!

    Ms. Debbie has been working with children for twenty years.  She is married with three children, ages 18, 16, and 14. Working with children is one of the many joys in Ms. Debbie's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie was an assistant teacher from 1990-1994. She was a home daycare provider from 1998-2008 when she joined the KinderCare family as a group lead.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
    Year Started:
    5/19/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associates in Art, Group Lead since 2008
  • Ms. Karli

    Ms. Karli, Infant Classroom

    Once in awhile someone amazing comes along...and here I am." Tigger

    Ms. Karli has been working in childcare for about eight years.  She loves kids and animals.  Ms. Karli has had an array of pets ranging from raising pigs on a farm to having turtles and salamanders.  She has a love for the ocean even though she has never seen it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karli previously worked at KinderCare from 2008-2010 and was a nanny from 2011-2014.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Owen and Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    6/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Cosmotology Degree
  • Ms. Kelley

    Ms. Kelley, Discovery Preschool - Twos

    Treat people adult or child with kindness and respect and hopefully they will do the same.

    Ms. Kelley is married with two children, a daughter, 14 and a son, 12 years old.  She has been teaching early childhood education for the last ten years.  Ms. Kelley loves watching the children grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelley previously worked in business and accounting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
    Year Started:
    1/7/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associates of Applied Science, ECE 103, and ECE 111
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Kitchen Staff

    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalms 107.1

    Ms. Jenny is married and has two beautiful daughters and two amazing grandchildren.  She loves to spend time with them doing outdoor activities, cooking, and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny previously worked for other childcare centers and as a volunteer at church for the childcare ministry.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    4/28/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    EQIT training, Foundations of Child Development continued education in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Toddlers

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.

    Ms. Emily has been working with kids since she was 13 years old, mostly babysitting and nanny jobs.  She just recently branched out into working towards a career in childcare. Ms. Emily feels like she is fun to be around and enjoys teaching kids.  She says there is no greater joy than seeing them grow because of something you did.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily previously has worked as a Nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    High School Graduate
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, School Age

    Great things are done by a series of small things brought together -Vincent Van Gogh

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie previously was an assistant teacher at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Currently attending school
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Two's

    I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to." -Carmelo Anthony

    Ms. Megan is new to the early childhood education industry.  She is happily married for the last three years.  Ms. Megan has three kids, Jaeda, Juila, and Anthony.  Ms. Megan's family means the world to her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan is new to the industry.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    less than one year
    Education:
    High School
  • Ms. Patricia Cirbo

    Ms. Patricia Cirbo, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Patricia was born in Germany. She moved to Colorado in 2008. She has two kids and her favorite things to do is spend time with her family and friends. We are happy to have her part of our KinderCare Family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Patricia has worked with all age groups, mostly with the two's in her past positions.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat and Pinkalicious

    Year Started:
    3/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Classes in Early Childhood Education, CPR, and 1st Aid
  • Ms. Madison Mathern

    Ms. Madison Mathern, Toddler Classroom

    If you are going to do something then do it right and do it with a smile.

    Ms. Madison has always enjoyed working with children and she is so excited to be able to work with the kids here at KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Madison has experience working in other day care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    Year Started:
    3/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lauren Hart

    Ms. Lauren Hart, Preschool Classroom

    "I think, therefore I am

    Ms. Lauren is a native to Colorado. She has two little boys who keep her busy. Her favorite things to do is being outdoors, exploring, and discovering the beauty of nature.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren previously worked at another childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Curious George

    Year Started:
    2/14/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

About Our Center

Where to send your child for their early education is one of the biggest decisions a parent makes.  We are dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel great knowing your child is learning, growing, and being nurtured by the best teachers and early childhood experts.  School-readiness studies have shown that a higher percentage of children learning from our curriculum tested ready for kindergarten compared to other children.  Here at Castle Rock KinderCare, our door is always open to families.  Together we will partner with you to nurture your child's love of learning.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
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Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure safety and security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the door to the classrooms has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. We practice with the children monthly fire and safety drills. Once a month we also have a nurse consultant that is appointed by the state to make sure everyone is staying happy and healthy!

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Over the past five years we have had two children in KinderCare. When selecting a daycare provider for our children, we were very aware that we weren't just choosing a place where our children would be safe, but that we were choosing people who would help us nurture and shape our children into the people they are going to become. Our oldest son is now thriving academically and having a very positive and successful experience in school. We know this is in part because of the social and academic preparation he received at KinderCare. Our two year old is thriving under the care of the amazing staff. It is abundantly clear just from walking through the school that the children are the priority. We feel confident in the foundation our children are receiving at KinderCare, and highly recommend this KinderCare center to anyone and everyone we talk to about childcare. Thank you!

- Mother

I want to pass along how wonderful KinderCare has been! Dana and Samantha have been just wonderful to work with because they are always available and accommodating while willing to go the extra mile in so many ways! Since Dana has been at the center, she has worked particularly hard at creating a family atmosphere among those of us that are there. They both truly do a fabulous job and seem very willing to do whatever is necessary to help parents, children and their team of teachers. I feel blessed to have them as Directors. The teachers are the best, as well! From the very beginning we have had so many great experiences with each one that has cared for our children. Each one of them is welcoming, caring and professional. It really shows every day that they love what they do and they love the kids they care for at the center.

- Mother

I wanted to let you know how happy we are with this KinderCare location. I was extremely nervous about leaving our three-month-old at a daycare facility. The biggest expectation I had was for our child to feel loved and happy during the hours he is under someone else's care. We are, and have been, impressed at the friendliness of all the staff we come in contact with, the interest that is taken with not only our son but with all the children, the cleanliness of this center, the time given to listen to or to share in new information about our son, and we are especially thankful to see the joy on our son's face as he is now learning to walk around the classroom! Thanks to your staff for being so up beat and for being our son's biggest cheer leaders! We have peace of mind every day while our son is in your care. Thank you!

- Mother

I am SO happy with your center! I truly am. Everyone is just fabulous! Christian has been having SO much FUN there! He's made many friends, and I know that he is in great care! Ms. Torrey is very patient and caring, and such a great teacher! I really like how she lets kids be kids. She is super approachable, and I like that as well.

I also want to let you know that I think Ms. Karli is also awesome! I love how she takes such good care, making sure that Christian has food that he will eat. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that! She is also very friendly and approachable.

Everyone at your center is absolutely amazing! I cannot give your center and staff enough accolades that it deserves! Dana and Same are always so wonderful and welcoming, and I just want you to know that I truly appreciate it!

Thank you to you and your staff, for making KinderCare such a warm, inviting, and fun center to go to! I love how you let kids be kids!

- Mother
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